We take a lot for granted and most of us don’t recognize we’re doing so.
But it’s indeed easier to see the wonderful nature of our day-to-day surroundings when we’re able to take a look at our home through someone else’s eyes.
John McGivern’s stroll through Menasha showed just how much the community has to offer. It was a great introduction for those outside the region. It was a great reminder here at home.
“A gem of the Fox Valley,” McGivern said.
Menasha’s episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” went to air on Thursday and provided a surprisingly comprehensive glance of the community within a half-hour time slot.
Menasha’s personality shined.
Taped in July, PBS Wisconsin show touched on history and industry, faith, education and recreation. It brought in a number of the places and faces that make the city unique.
They visit Club Liquor. They visit St. Mary Parish.
John strolled down the diverse line of Main Street businesses. The city’s surrounding waters were featured.
“What a beautiful marina,” he said.
Many of those even in Menasha probably didn’t realize that the paper towel and toilet paper tubes that reach their homes likely originated from the product of U.S. Paper Mills.
The neighborly side of the city is shown through Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block program and Menasha’s Porchapalooza concerts.
McGivern visited the Barlow Planetarium, the Weis Earth Science Museum, and yes, even the Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum.
“This has to be one of the smallest museums in the world,” McGivern said.
No visit to Menasha would be complete without a meal at Mihm’s.
The series, produced by PBS Milwaukee, is in its ninth season of telling the stories of Wisconsin communities.
If you missed the Menasha edition, fear not. If you have a half hour, simply click here and enjoy.